Culture The Lost Battalion Ta-Nehisi Coates November 8, 2010 Link Copied Sorry about blowing on the Effete Liberal Book Club. Can we commence this Friday?Otherwise, it's yours. We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to email@example.com. Ta-Nehisi Coates is a former national correspondent for The Atlantic. He is the author of The Beautiful Struggle, Between the World and Me, We Were Eight Years in Power, and The Water Dancer.